Using Griffith’s Valuation to find where people lived

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Griffith’s Valuation is the primary valuation for Ireland. The valuation was conducted between 1848 – 1864. It’s worth to Irish genealogists cannot be overestimated.

The aim of the undertaking was to list where people lived and the value of their property for tax purposes. Each landowner and tenant was assessed to see how much Poor Rate they were liable to contribute for the upkeep of the destitute in their Poor Law Union.

This was the first full scale Irish valuation of property and was overseen by Dublin born Richard Griffith (1784 – 1878).

The Valuation can be researched online either by Family Name or Place Name. It will list the main owner, (landlord if applicable), the type of property, acreage of land and its taxable value. It will also give a precise numerical location which can be found on the nineteenth century map, also on the website. The letter after the number will refer to the actual dwelling. Capital letters reflect the main house on the property, while lower case letters mean it was a rented house or cottage on the land.

To use Griffiths Valuation online for free, visit the website www.askaboutireland.ie (opens in a new tab)


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